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How My Family Survives My Writing…

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, it’s challenge week #2 — and the challenge question is:

How Does Your Family Survive Your Writing?

Well that’s an easy one: They’ve learned to cook. 😉

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Well, um…dinner doesn’t look quite like this, but you get the point.

As all you moms out there know, having kids means a lot of cooking. Even more than cooking, you’re prepping food ‘round the clock. And since my girls rarely eat the same food…well… You’ve been there, you get it.

Since I follow the strict writing schedule of “writing whenever I get the chance” everyone chips in for dinner.  My eight-year-old makes a mean chicken pot pie, and my ten-year-old likes to experiment with her own recipes including her “famous” Apple-Tizer–a delicious and healthy recipe that goes great with any meal and tastes like a baked apple. It’s so delicious, I’ve included the recipe here!

We enjoy cooking together and it’s a great skill for the girls. I hope you try Penelope’s Apple-Tizer and let us know how you like it! (And even kids who say they don’t like tomatoes seem to like this one!)

Recipe for Penelope’s Apple-Tizer:


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2 Large Red Apples (your favorite)

1 Large Golden Delicious or Green Apple

1 Medium Tomato

Squeeze of Lemon Juice or Orange Juice

1 Tablespoon of Healthy Margarine


Chop the apples into small squares and put into a microwave-safe dish. Chop the tomato into similar size chunks, removing any seeds. Add tomato to the apples. Add the margarine and microwave until the margarine melts and the apples soften.

Squeeze a good amount of lemon juice (makes it tart) or a splash of orange juice (makes it sweeter).

Toss together and serve warm. Enjoy!



Loving What You Do…

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, we’re talking about loving what you do…

We keep inspirational posts by our door. Today’s read:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Albert Schweitzer

We’ve all heard these words of advice, and they make sense. But then I started thinking about the interpretation of these words. How many of us concentrate on WHO we want to be when we do something, and not WHAT we are doing?

For example, recently, I met a woman who told me I was so lucky to be a writercopy-of-happiness-is-the-key-to-success (agreed), and that she would love to be a writer. When I suggested she follow her dream, she elaborated. “I’d love to spend all day wearing sweats, sitting in Starbucks drinking coffee, having in-depth conversations about my characters. I’d love to be that person.” When I asked her about the writing part, she shrugged. So, she didn’t want to be a writer as much as she wanted to lead a writer’s life—or what she imagined a writer’s life is like. (And many writers would agree, it’s not so glamorous!) What that woman was after was a “feeling” of success—something many of us strive for, all the time.

Dale Carnegie

So I started thinking. How many things do we go after in our lives, because we want to “be” the finished product? We like the look/ease/grace of someone else who’s doing it? Companies bank on this. If they show a confident, attractive woman jogging—we’re going to buy the clothes and take up jogging. And we often do. Thing is, we may not even like jogging. We just want that finished product. And to me, that’s not loving what you do, that’s loving what you want to be.

So here’s my challenge to us. Let’s all figure out what we really love to do.


Let’s try something new this week or this month. Something we’ve always wanted to try, and let’s build on it and cultivate it so we can find those things we actually love doing. Maybe it will lead to new career successes. Maybe it won’t. Or maybe, just maybe, it’ll make us happy.

Wishing you a lifetime of discovery and happiness.

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